Friday, May 26, 2017

Books read May 26

Besides being an Amazon enthusiast for gardening and cooking I want to be invited to another group where I can get my hands on advanced reader copy-read before it's available to the public.
Hope you can find some here and are able to mark at Amazon as 'being helpful'

A Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Recipes by Philip Wik
Midwest memories with sketches of maps and instructions on how to do certain things.
Home canning and breakfast of days gone by compared to what we eat today.
Talks about Inex Clifford and how remarkable she was in the time.
Bread making with recipes and I'm going to try the cornbread for our meal tonight. Just trying to find the perfect one for us.
Facts and history of how others arrived in the area. What they did for fun, carried in their lunch pails and the era of the radio.
Made the corn bread and it came out perfect, doesn't crumble and is sweet enough, no grit. I even substituted the shortening with vegetable oil.

Clean Eating: The Most WANTED Recipes And Plans For Optimal Health And Staying Lean For Life
Starts out with an introduction to clean eating and what else it consists of besides eating for a healthier lifestyle.
Has examples of fat burning exercises you can do and pictures of what foods are in what groups.
Breakfast recipes start out with the title, ingredient list,  and how to make the dish. There are very few pictures here and no nutritional information.
Some things you'll have no problem substituting for a healthier option.
Love Mediterranean omelet as it's one we have every Sunday using fresh spices and herbs and vegetables.
What I find confusing are mixing US and England measurements in the same recipe.

Backyard Bird Guide: Attracting Wild Birds to Your Yard
Don't want to really attract them as they already live nearby. We start hearing them about 5am if not sooner.
Explains what backyard birding is all about.
Few colorful pictures.  Tells you what you will need for which type of bird you want to attract and why it'd be good for your yard and surroundings.
Lots of information about a journal, keep birds happy with clean area, water and food. How to choose a good birdbath, feeder and birdhouse.
Charts and resources are also listed.

101 Quick & Easy 5 Ingredient Recipes by Victoria Steele
Lots of different categories including appetizer, drinks, salads, breads, main dishes, cakes, pies, vegetables, potatoes, cookies,
Some of these recipes I can make in my electric pressure cooker, sauteing the meat first then adding all the other ingredients and cooking for less than 5 minutes.
Like bread recipes, so basic and I can substitute for healthier options of ingredients.
The recipes have a title and list of ingredients and how to make.
There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan: Quick and Easy Mediterranean Diet Recipes for Weight Loss by Naomi Rowland
Introduction about what the meal plan is all about, not just for losing weight but a lifestyle choice.
Gives listing of things to substitute for that will meet your dietary needs.
Recipe include title, servings, calories and list of ingredients.
Directions are included.
There are No pictures and no nutritional information and you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
Basic but colorful dishes if you have the time to make them.

Breakfast Recipes: 50 Delicious, Super Easy, Healthy 3 Steps Or Less Breakfast Recipes For Family & Friends by Nancy Kelsey
Each recipe comes with a small picture, list of ingredients and how to make the dish.
There is also a label pasted near the recipe that includes nutritional information: fat broken up into good and saturated, sodium also.
Problem is you can't increase the font size or picture to actually read it without a magnifying glass.
Some of the recipes also use prepared foods.
Best for us would be apple oatmeal muffins as I can control the sugar and oils used. Other items by the author are linked.

Fantastic Facts About Bees: Illustrated Fun Learning For Kids  by Miles Merchant
Starts out with offering other works by the author for free.  Intro about what a bee is and what they look like and what they do.
What they eat and what their mouths look like along with showing you by pictures.
How they are the same and not the same in other aspects and species of other bees.
Like the parts where they talk about pollinating the flowers and vegetables growing.
More works by the author are highlighted at the end.
So very informative.

Children's Books: EVERYONE HAS A MOTHER (Fun, Adorable, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book, for Beginner Readers, Honoring Mothers of all Kinds, Including Animals, Ages 2-8) by Sally Huss
Have read other works by the author and have enjoyed them. This is is a colorful children's book  about being born or hatched and how everyone has a mother.
Other pages show a picture of what's being discussed: birds with their young.
Features 27 different animals and then people and how to thank your mother.
Sample of her other works is included along with a list of her other works.

Spring is Here! by Uncle Amon
Different chapters with different people describe what spring air means to them.
Farmer notices the flowers coming up first and knows winter is done.
Another chapter they realize a lot more sun. Another notices the spring and some animals foul smells.
How spring effects animals that sleep the winter away.
Very few pictures. Other works by the author

The 30 Day Whole Food Challenge: 180 Whole Food Recipes for YOUR Healthy Life  by Jennifer Evans
Starts with a free ebook gift then the introduction.  Clean eating along with recipes.
Talks about use of high fat content foods and how to substitute for them in recipes.
Starts out with recipes for breakfast, lunch, appetizers, fish and seafood, other dishes, desserts and snacks.
Each recipe has a summary of the dish, prep, cook times and servings along with list of ingredients and how to make. The nutritional information has calories, fat-NOT broken u pinto good and bad, fiber, carbs, protein.
NO sodium or sugar levels listed. There are NO pictures.
For the most part the ingredients are healthy and you should have no problem substituting for your dietary needs.
What I do like are the recipes for just two servings, perfect for us. Hate having leftovers for 5 days after you first started eating it.

Chicken Does Not Want to Be a Chicken By Elsa Takaoka and Catherine Toennisson
Colorful children's book about a chicken. Very specific pictures as to what the words say.
Problem is the chicken wants no part of being a chicken: clucking, peck, laying an egg.
He wants to be another animal and do everything they do until one chases him!
Because of what happens you wonder if he will still want to be that animal or be a chicken.
Cute story!

Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear!: - A perfect Bedtime story book for kids  by Subhash Kommuru
Too difficult to read as I can't increase the font size.

Oh, Sweet Pea You Are Beautiful by B.G. Jenkins
Children's colorful book. Words can not be increased making it too difficult to read and the pictures do not tell the whole story.
Words tell you about sweet pea and her story. Talks about how she grew with sun and rain.  She just wants to help her friends.
Found a lot of pages were repetitious.

The Samosa Cookbook: 30 Crispy and Crunchy Samosa Recipes by Bobby Flatt
Each recipe starts with a summary of the dish, servings and prep time. List of ingredients and how to make the dish.
Not sure of some of the recipes and wonder why in some recipes the measurements are in US and England, mixed in the same recipe.

Delicious Dessert Recipes: Become a Sweet Tooth with The Amazing Dessert Cookbook by Bobby Flatt
Beautiful photo along with a summary of the dish, prep time, servings and list of ingredients and directions for each dish.
There is no nutritional information.  Confused about some of the ingredients; what is 6 pieces of eggs?  Some of the recipes I would try substituting for a healthier option especially the cookies.
Desserts seem to be of a special occasion, like once a year.

Favorite Cake Mix Recipes by Southern Soup Jockeys
Starts out with a recipe which list the ingredients of cake mixes and other ingredients, how to make the dish.
There are no pictures. There is no nutritional information.
This cookbook is about using a regular cake mix and enhancing it a bit with other items to make it special.
Has chapters on making bread, cookies, etc with a cake mix.
I'm not comfortable substituting for the ingredients myself due to dietary needs.
Like the two ingredient cake and have seen and tasted this in WVa on our trip for a family wedding.

The Garlic Chef: The Ultimate Guide by Sara Hallas
Starts with an intro about garlic and it's beneficial healthy attributes.
Breakfast item start with title, prep, cook and ready in time, servings and list of ingredients and directions in how to make. There is no nutritional information and no pictures.
What I like about the recipes are that they are for two servings-perfect for a couple and for the most part healthy ingredients.
I'd not have a problem substituting for even healthier outcome.
Appetizers, lunch, and dinner meals.
Herby garlicky fish and vegetables sound good. We often use the grill to prepare our food year round.
Side dishes, snacks and dessert recipes also.
Some ingredients I've never heard of...

How to Cook Restaurant-Quality Lean Meat-Pork Loin: How to Cook Restaurant-Quality Lean Meat by Tony James Miller
Intro talks about bad rep pork gets and how it's really a good source of lean protein.
Explains how to cook it properly, roasting  along with basic recipes for seasonings.
This gives me a great example of what I can put even on pork chops-I have tons of spices and not sure what exactly goes with what foods.
There are no pictures and no nutritional information but you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
Like stir fry and grilled recipes. There are also deep fry recipes, grilled recipes,
Each new section tells you other tips to make the dish come out right.

Soulful Southern Cooking: Favorite Southern Comfort Food Recipes by Louise Davidson
Starts with an intro then onto the recipes: appetizers where you are given a summary of the dish, servings, ingredient list, and how to put the dish together and cook.
There are no pictures and no nutritional information. In some you should have no problem substituting for a healthier option.
Other chapters include Main entrees, sides and desserts along with list of author's other works.
Cooking conversion charts and temperature guide are also included.

Classic Potato Salad – America and Europe: 35 Recipes by Pippa Pralen
What I like about this is the opportunity to try other countries recipes.
Each recipe includes a nice colorful photo, the dish title, summary of what it is and list of ingredients along with instructions on how to make.
There is NO nutritional information but most of the ingredients appear to be on the healthy side.
Think I'd sub olive oil and herbs for the mayonnaise.
Along with the recipes there is history of potato salad. Some of the recipes include servings.
Like the different spices and herbs in the salads.

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